I’ve been helping Kaggle, a company that makes data science into a sport, put on a competition to predict the most random of all sports: March Madness.
It’s a wealth of awesome data. It includes regular season and tournament results for every season since 1995-1996. Ever want to apply your ranking method to see whether the 1998-1999 Duke team was the best of all time? Well, here’s a clean data set.
The ultimate goal is to predict the results of this year’s NCAA men’s basktball tournament.
To check out the competition, click here.
Want a good laugh?
Amy Nelson of SB Nation made a video about my March Madness analytics in 2011. Check out the first minute of the video.
It’s pointless to attempt to predict March Madness, right? Wow, sports analytics has an uphill battle in educating fans.